“Lama Norlha Rinpoche, founding abbot of Kagyu Thubten Chöling, dies at age 79”

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“Lama Norlha Rinpoche, the founding abbot of Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery in Wappingers Falls, New York, died on February 19 at the age of 79. He had retired last year after allegations of sexual misconduct.”

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A truly dispicable abuser of women has died.

Those that enabled him over the past thirty years remain among us.

Let us not forget that Lama Norlha’s guru Kalu Rinpoche was an abuser of women, too.

His abuse of women was not a glitch in Tibetan Buddhism but a feature.

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Panama Papers: 17th Karmapa will not attend Kagyu Monlam

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Kagyu Monlam has been removed from 17th Karmapa’s schedule.

“The Kagyu Monlam is held annually in Bodhgaya in order to bring happiness to sentient beings. There has been no further change to the dates for the 35th Monlam, but the Gyalwang Karmapa has requested Chamgön Tai Situ Rinpoche and Kyabje Goshri Gyaltsap Rinpoche to preside over the event. However, Chamgön Tai Situ Rinpoche has other activities scheduled for that time, so His Holiness made a heartfelt request to Goshri Gyaltsap Rinpoche, who has agreed.” kagyumonlam.org

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“By the 1980s many of the principal lamas had begun to shuttle back and forth between China and the exile communities abroad”

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This was the lay of the land when I took refuge with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in 1981.

“In 1980, the Chinese government initiated reforms reportedly designed to grant Tibet a greater degree of self-rule and self-administration. Tibetans would now be allowed to cultivate private plots, sell their harvest surpluses, decide for themselves what crops to grow, and keep yaks and sheep. Communication with the outside world was again permitted, and frontier controls were eased to permit some Tibetans to visit exiled relatives in India and Nepal. By the 1980s many of the principal lamas had begun to shuttle back and forth between China and the exile communities abroad, “restoring their monasteries in Tibet and helping to revitalize Buddhism there.”

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By June 3-4 1989, Tiananmen Square, my guru was on the wrong side of history as far as I was concerned.

Rinpoche from this point forward became a Chinese activive measure against us his disciples.

It was a new regime for us here in Chicago, forget about our Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

Ten years later Rinpoche apologized for his miscalculation, Karme Ling was a mistake.

To a person we refused to accept that Marvin and Colleen were lamas as far as we were concerned.

On December 9, 1999 in a clandestine operation funded by Chen Li-an the 17th Karmapa “escaped” to India.

Thus we again mattered to Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, for the purchase of real estate on the 17th Karmapa.

As it turns out, as in Tibet’s Shangri-la, real estate became the coin of the 17th Karmapa’s realm.

And so on.

It is worth noting none of this had any impact upon my relationship with Rinpoche in terms of my practice, the result baked in long before he became the man he is today at 93 years, all that followed being but an example of guru yoga, par for the course in Tibetan Buddhism with Western characteristics.

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“In 1974 Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche invited His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa to visit his fledgling sangha and its centers in the United States”

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In the roughly four years Rinpoche had been in North America, he had been quite successful attracting a devoted following of students. He was equally successful in gathering spirited controversy about his behavior and methods.

As news of the impending visit of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa spread, the controversy surrounding Trungpa Rinpoche intensified. There was a network of western “tibetophiles” who had spent time in Nepal and India with Tibetan teachers, and considered themselves expert, or at least knowledgeable about who was who in Tibetan Buddhism. One camp of those critical of Trungpa Rinpoche held that he had become corrupted by the west as his dissolute lifestyle demonstrated.

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The Tibetan Buddhism of the Baby Boomer generation lives on. I judge from some photos someone shared with me earlier. I saw two familiar faces at KTD’s Fire Puja the other day. If only in my mind. It has been years. Any way Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche looked himself as always. Just the light in the shrine room takes me back to our time together in Chicago. No shower curtain issues for our lot. If not for the business of Rinpoche collaborating with the Chinese I may well have ended up at sitting beside you at our Karmapa’s feet. The end doesn’t justify the means.

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Will he risk returning to India for Kagyu Monlam? 17th Karmapa sighted at KTD (photos)

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“Nothing happens” anything can happen: the truth my day spent with the 16th Karmapa’s body during his Paranirva pointed out for me

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It was me, Bob Martinez, and Lama Ganga that day. I had expected more of a turn out when Bob and I showed up at the funeral home. We weren’t expected but nobody questioned our presence there. I sat on the floor following my breath like I never before for experienced. It was beyond being in the moment. It was like standing too close to the edge of a train platform expecting it to stop and you realize it isn’t. And your life passes before. Since that moment I have only once followed my breath like I did that day and that was my 2009 widowmaker. It was like that, just being in the funeral home that morning. And then it got real for me. Bang, bang, bang. The Karmapa was being crated up for the flight back to India. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche had that September instructed me on the dissolution of the visualization of the deity in the sadhana he wanted me to practice. Thesis, antithesis, synthesis. It was like that, like the Zen literature on the experience speaks of it, a stone strikes bamboo, an ash falls from a stick of incense, the true nature of the mind makes its presence known. Or as we Karma Kagyu say, after the 16th Karmapa, “Nothing happens” anything can happen. And this was just upon our arrival at the funeral home that morning.

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In 2008 “2,000 people gathered at a monastery in Woodstock to catch a glimpse of him. They paid $200 each. Roughly $400,000 (£250,000) hit the coffers…” In 2018 what a difference a decade makes…

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The 17th Karmapa breaks bad, a decade in the making began in 2008.

“Take the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, for example. A young, high-profile Tibetan Buddhist lama with a romantic history of escape from Tibet after dodging Chinese security. Confined for several years under conditions resembling house arrest in India, he eventually managed to visit the United States for the first time in 2008. About 2,000 people gathered at a monastery in Woodstock to catch a glimpse of him. They paid $200 each. Roughly $400,000 (£250,000) hit the coffers and after expenses, the monastery had enough left over to embark on an extensive building project.”

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Oh how the mighty have fallen.

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Does Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and his brother not understand the relationship between Dharmakaya and Merit or is their Wadsworth, IL 16th Karmapa Stupa them laundering Chinese money as Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche was caught doing with the 17th Karmapa’s Kagyu Monlam LTD?

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The Panama Papers caught Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche using Kagyu Monlam LTD to launder Chinese Money. Whether we believe the 17th Karmapa knew what he was doing there is no denying what he did. He used Kagyu Monlam LTD to launder money for the Chinese.

“Damayonti Sengupta, founding board member of The Karmapa Center 16 (KC16), greeted the audience, many of whom had traveled long-distances to be there, hailing from Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico and numerous cities across America. Sengupta introduced the President of KC16 Board of Directors, Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche, who was present at the time of His Holiness’ death; Board Vice President and caretaker of the Center Lama Phuntsok Samkhang; and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, who envisioned the Center and was a life-long student of His Holiness.”

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Or does Rinpoche really not understand the relationship between the Dharmakaya, what those of us present for the 16th Karmapa’s Parinirvana experienced and the supposed merit his followers will accumulate by participating in what appears to be yet another of his brother’s money laundering schemes?

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche suggests dharmakaya is subject to causes and conditions, “that is why we are building the stupa” to monetize the 16th Karmapa’s Parinirvana in Zion, IL

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And nobody present questioned him claiming so.

So, how do we connect with the 16th Karmapa, Rinpoche asked. If we recollect His Holiness, then a connection is made, he answered. To properly recollect, one needs the experiential connection of directly seeing the presence of the Karmapa. “That is why we are building the stupa,” Rinpoche said, “to establish the center as a commemoration of the Karmapa so people can make a direct connection with him.”

The goal also includes building a museum and library to learn about the Karmapa through texts, videos, photos and other memorabilia.Together we will accomplish that goal, Rinpoche said. No single skill will make it happen; rather it is everyone’s contribution who is interested in making a connection. Rinpoche invited everyone back to the Center to do retreat, work practice and/or provide financial support. “With everyone’s help, the power of the blessing will blaze.”

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This is not true.

I was present for the 16th Karmapa’s Parinirvana.

I along with Lama Gaga and Bob Martinez spent a day with his body.

Rinpoche doesn’t know what he’s talking about in this regard.

The blessings of the 16th Karmapa’s Parinirvana do not depend upon causes and conditions.

I seized the moment, He didn’t.

Rinpoche doesn’t know what he’s talking about in this regard.

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Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche confirms that the 16th Karmapa chose to pass into Parinirvana in the West

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“Rinpoche cited several personal examples of His Holiness’ altruistic activities and said that the flourishing of the Buddhadharma and Vajrayana Buddhism in the West is due to the vision HHK16. He spoke about His Holiness’ visits to the West, his encouragement of young lamas to establish centers here and his intentional blessing to America by passing away in Zion. He was the first Karmapa to display Parinirvana outside of Tibet.”

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